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If you enjoy Progressive Metal, delivered with an Operatic flair and a penchant for the dramatic, then look no further than 'A War Of Our Own'

Comprised of a heritage that is five parts Dutch and one part Mexican, Symphonic Progressive Metallers Stream Of Passion now delivers 'A War Of Our Own', their fourth full length recording since their genesis in 2005.

To further add to the melange of their sound, this Female-Fronted sextet weaves in a healthy dose of moody, Gothic elements into their dramatic and theatrical style of Metal. Although unavoidable, SOP finds itself in the company of some other highly respected (and successful) acts like Epica (less the growling) and Nightwish.

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Despite not standing quite as tall as either, they do possess a unique personality that is consistent as it is immediate. When it comes to Progressive music, the variety in mood and intensity created by shifting meters, complex arrangements and varying tempos are paramount, something which SOP possesses in spades.

However, the lack of memorable choruses and songs that sometimes lose their focus in favour of more complex arrangements lessens the immediacy of the album. Fortunately, there is plenty on offer, as they deliver a pithy, thirteen track (including the Bonus Track, 'The Distance Between Us') album and showcases everything you have come to expect from a band in this genre and is all executed with a graceful confidence.

The production is tight and balanced where Marcela Bovio's ephemeral vocals stand front and centre. If you enjoy Progressive Metal, delivered with an Operatic flair and a penchant for the dramatic, then look no further than 'A War Of Our Own' from Stream Of Passion.

Brent Rusche

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